The Bible's Many Voices

The Bible's Many Voices

by Michael Carasik
The Bible's Many Voices

The Bible's Many Voices

by Michael Carasik


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The most common English translations of the Bible often sound like a single, somewhat archaic voice. In fact, the Bible is made up of many separate books composed by multiple writers in a wide range of styles and perspectives. It is, as Michael Carasik demonstrates, not a remote text reserved for churches and synagogues but rather a human document full of history, poetry, politics, theology, and spirituality. Using historic, linguistic, anthropological, and theological sources, Carasik helps us distinguish between the Jewish Bible’s voices—the mythic, the historical, the prophetic, the theological, and the legal. By articulating the differences among these voices, he shows us not just their messages and meanings but also what mattered to the authors. In these contrasts we encounter the Bible anew as a living work whose many voices tell us about the world out of which the Bible grew—and the world that it created.
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ISBN-13: 9780827611610
Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 344
File size: 879 KB

About the Author

Michael Carasik is the compiler and translator of the Rubin JPS Miqra’ot Gedolot Commentators’ Bible series and the author of Theologies of the Mind in Biblical Israel.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Read Me First xi

Whose Bible Is It? 1

1 The Sound of the Biblical Voices 23

2 Historical Voices 62

3 Theological Voices 98

4 Legal Voices 133

5 Prophetic Voices 174

6 Women's Voices 208

7 Voices of the Wise 238

8 Foreign Voices 275

9 Voices of Song and Legend 301

10 Echoes and Reverberations 329

Jewish and Christian Biblical Order 351

Index 353

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